Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Recall and Maintenance
Management of patients with mixed restorations (tooth- and implant-borne removable or fixed restorations) in one or both jaws should encompass both sets of proposed guidelines, appropriate to the clinical situation. Management of patients with conditions such as bruxism, xerostomia, periodontal disease, peri-implant disease, or other conditions are outside the scope of these CPGs; however, the recall and maintenance regimen guidelines made in this document would likely be helpful to these patients. This baseline document is intended to improve patient care protocols, but is not intended as a standard of care. The outlined CPGs should be supplemented with professional judgment and consideration of the unique needs and preferences of each patient.
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